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Parents and Family Weekend Recap 2016

— by on April 16th, 2016

A visiting family walks down the sidewalk on Washington Street during Parents and Family Weekend. They are holding an umbrella because it was raining lightly.Parents Weekend 2016.

The mood of Parents and Family Weekend 2016 was definitely one of excitement and delight.

Parents of the first year class got their first up close and personal glimpse of the vibrant campus environment their students now call home. And for families in the Parents Leadership Council, the special PLC events during the weekend once again provided a deeper level of connection with the administration and fellow families.

Select first year families were invited to attend the Friday evening PLC reception in Evans Hall. The PLC extended a warm W&L welcome to these new families with an opportunity at the beginning of the reception for them to meet and spend time with the PLC steering committee in a more intimate group.

On Saturday morning the breakfast hosted by the PLC was well-attended and the content was impressive. President Ruscio introduced the key speakers–provost Marc Conner and dean of student affairs Sidney Evans, who gave updates on academic offerings and student life, including a report on the rollout of W&L’s new third year housing at the start of this year.

Immediately following the breakfast the PLC Steering Committee held a meeting with Conner and vice president for university advancement Dennis Cross to dig deeper on academic and fundraising topics. Missy Witherow, senior director of development for parent giving, commented on the meeting “Parents asked great questions about the fundraising that goes into academic programs like Spring Term and summer learning opportunities, and also campus enhancements like the planned Indoor Athletic and Recreation Facility.”

The next on-campus event for PLC members will be the PLC Spring Weekend on March 31 – April 1, 2017.

For more information about the PLC or parent giving please contact Missy Witherow, senior director of development for parent giving.